An essential part of CRI's interdisciplinary approach to computer science is its collaborations with other academic institutions. To date, CRI has entered into four formal scientific collaboration agreements. These agreements, with four institutions in four different countries, maximize CRI's exposure to what other researchers around the world are doing and maximizes the impact of CRI's research. The formal agreements are with the following institutions:
Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy
In 2007 CRI renewed and expanded its scientific collaboration agreement with the Bruno Kessler Foundation (formerly ITC-irst). This agreement includes new funding of 600,000 euro. This will enable CRI to transform the intelligent museum guide project at the Hecht Museum from a trial project into an integral part of the museum experience, a model to be adopted by museums around the world. This collaboration was begun in 2003 with the “Innovative Technologies for Human Development” agreement. The two institutions are involved in a collaboration project that concentrates on research and applications whose objective is technological advances for human development. For more details click here.
University of Waterloo, Canada
A new academic and research exchange program in computer science has been developed between the University of Waterloo, Canada and the University of Haifa, expanding study opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students as well as research possibilities for faculty at both universities.
The University of Waterloo-Haifa International Experience Program has been made possible by a $500,000 gift from Canadian business leaders Heather Reisman (President and CEO of Indigo Books and Music) and her husband Gerald Schwartz (Chair and CEO of Onex corporation).
The donation, to be spread over five years, will annually fund more than a dozen academic and research exchanges involving undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members in computer science at both institutions.
On May 19, 2006 a scientific collaboration agreement was signed between the University of Haifa and the University of Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV (the Sorbonne). The aim of the agreement is to encourage cooperation and scientific exchange between the two institutions. The collaboration was launched with a successful workshop on computational linguistics held on May 18, 2006. Lectures in recent developments in computational linguistics were given by four visitors from the Sorbonne: Prof. Jean-Pierre Desclés, Prof. Claude Montacié, Dr. Delphine Battistelli, and Dr. Brahim Djioua. The workshop included presentations on topics in computational linguistics given by CRI Haifa project participants.
A brainstorming session held at CRI on May 19, 2006 including the President of the Sorbonne, Prof. Jean-Robert Pitte and the French Embassy Attaché for Higher Education, Mr. Alex Cormanski, resulted in the identification of areas of possible collaboration between the University of Haifa and the Sorbonne. These areas include: computational linguistics, French literature, oriental music and applied languages.
Florida Atlantic University, USA
A collaboration agreement was signed in 2006 between CRI and Florida Atlantic University, focusing on the area of artificial intelligence. An international symposium on artificial intelligence and mathematics is co-organized every two years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Prof. Martin C. Golumbic (CRI) and Prof. Frederic Hoffman (Dept. of Mathematics, Florida Atlantic University).